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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
When my first daughter turned 1 we bought her a wooden play kitchen, table, and lots of wooden food. I'm kinda of a stickler about toys, and I wanted her to steer clear of the chintzy plastic pieces. Since then we have grown quiet the collection of wooden and felt foods, some bought and some handmade. Now we have three girls, and they still play with that same kitchen, table, and food everyday and it's still in great shape! This year we decided they were really outgrowing their one little kitchen and needed an upgrade, so we decided to build them a little market to house all their food. But then I thought how cute would a bakery be, or what about an ice cream shop, or cafe? So...now they are getting their very own town :) I'll share more on that after Christmas! To go along with their new bakery I've been on the hunt for fun new sweet wooden and felt treats. Although they are so adorable, wooden toy food is no cheap. So I plan on making as many items as I can. While I was looking at the wooden section at the craft store I realized I could make them cake pops! Some round wooden balls and some sticks...how simple! Bakerella would be proud :)
With the help of the hubs and his drill, I was able to make this set for under 5 dollars, because I already had the craft paint, glue, and dowel rods but even if you don't it's still pretty cheap to make! I used a half off coupon to get the wooden platter on the cheap.
To make these you will need:
wooden balls (about 1.25in across)
1/4in thick dowel rods
8in wooden craft platter
non toxic craft paint
Step 1: Using a 1/4in drill bit drill about 1/2in into the wooden craft balls.
Step 2: Cut dowel into 5in pieces (the hubs used a saw)
Step 3: Put a small drop of wood glue on the end of the cut dowel and push into drilled hole, let dry for a bit. If your dowel are snug even better! Just use a mallet or something to gently push them in.
Step 4: Mark your wooden platter where you would like your cake pop holes to be. I marked the center first then moved each cake pop spot 2in apart.
Step 5: Drill each cake pop stick spot about half way though the thickness of your wooden platter, mine was just under half and inch.
Step 6: Paint them pretty colors!
Easy peasy, cheap, and super cute! I really wanted to add sprinkles or something to make these even cuter. I thought about glitter, or painting them on, or even tiny beads...but I couldn't help but think they would just eventually be picked off by the littles leaving paint chip spots, so I left them pretty and plain for now! Although how cute would they be with painted stripey straws on the sticks :)
I placed them in a cake box, bought at the craft store, and they are wrapped and under are tree! Hope you have fun making your own play cake pops!
(I recommend not giving these to smaller toddlers who might be able to pull off the ball and choke on it, safety first!)
Monday, December 3, 2012
Growing up, one of the first thing my sister and I would do on Christmas morning is run down the stairs and see if Santa had ate the milk cookies we left out. Of course he always did, leaving behind a few crumbs and a note telling us how much he had enjoyed them. It was always fun seeing Santa's handwriting in red ink as dad read Santa's letter out loud, often a report of some recent things we had done...naughty or nice and reminding us the reason for the season.
Now, I enjoy watching my kiddos set out cookies and milk for the big guy and
eating them after the kids are asleep eh making sure Santa gets his favorite kind. Really girls I think Santa would rather have a diet Pepsi...don't you? Heh. :) But this year we're setting out another treat, because Santa doesn't do all the work ya know. I can only imagine pulling the big guy around the entire world in a sleigh...in one night! So this year we'll be setting out some yummy peppermint reindeer chow for the little guys.
This is a fun twist on a classic and so easy to make. Plus the kids can really help with this one! My daughter even added red sprinkles, which apparently help the glow of Rudolph's red nose, who knew?
To package it all up for the reindeer we poured it into little paint cans from Target add I made fun little printable using, Maree Truelove's new Christmas clip art. These would make a fun treat for teachers, party favors, school parties, or just to set out on Christmas eve!
Click here to download some tags of your own!
Here's what your going to need:
5 cups Corn Chex
1 bag Andes peppermint crunch baking chips
2 cups powdered sugar
3 TBS crushed peppermint sticks (optional)
Red sprinkles (optional)
Step 1: Pour powdered sugar into a gallon ziplock bag. Then add in your crushed peppermint and sprinkles if you would like. The sprinkles aren't necessary at all...but here we were improving the brightness of Rudolf's nose :). Just a little fun touch if your making with the kids!
2. Now melt your baking chips. I used my chocolate melter of course, here's more info on melting chocolate if you need it.
Step 3: Once melted, pour of chef mix in a large mixing bowl.
Step 4: Then gently stir. Don't use to much pressure or you'll smash your reindeer food to pieces!
Step 5: Pour about half of your chex mix into the bag, make sure it's sealed really well, then shake, shake, shake! The kids love doing this part!
Step 6: Use a slotted spoon to scoop on the covered mix and place into a second mixing bowl. Then repeat the process with the other half of the chex mix.
My daughter added just a few more sprinkles for good measure.
And the best part is...you don't have to share this with the kids! It is after all for the reindeer :)!